New Finds: The Deaf (new The Hives)


Hailing from The Hague, a region of Holland known for its garage rock scene in the 1960s, The Deaf is a spanking-new band that embodies the spirit of '60s garage rock. The Deaf have been compared to The Hives and The Cramps, and they've opened up for The Arctic Monkeys. But the main thing you need to know about these guys is that they're damn pretty awseomely good.

Lead vocals in this indie rock quartet are shared by Spike van Zoest, who also does guitar and plays the famous Dutch rock band, Di-rect, and Miss Fuzz, a superwoman bassist who might just have the coolest stage name ever. 

These guys aren't too big outside of the Netherlands just yet, although this is changing. In both 2010 and 2011, The Deaf played South by Southwest, the festival responsible for catapulting the likes of the White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to indie rock famedom. 

More important cutting their indie rock chops at SXSW 2011, The Deaf puts on a killer live show, complete with mod-style suits and mop-tops. (check them out performing “I'm Alive” below.) While '60s-inspired throwback acts have been rather played out in recent years, we think you'll agree that The Deaf stand out from the herd.

The Deaf's debut album, Toot Whistle Plunk Boom, was released earlier this year and is definitely worth checking out. 

Some stand-out tracks on the album include “I'm Alive,” “He's My Man,” and “Coming Down That Road.” (Check em out below). Miss Fuzz and the boys are currently promoting the album touring the Netherlands.

The Deaf "I'm Alive"

The Deaf "Coming Down That Road"

The Deaf "He's My Man"